Father of woman who alleged rape by Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA dies in police custody; six cops suspended

The woman, from Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh had on Sunday tried to immolate self by dousing herself with kerosene near UP CM’s residence.

Published: 09th April 2018 12:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th April 2018 11:33 PM   |  A+A-

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LUCKNOW: Father of the woman who had accused BJP’s Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother Atul Singh of raping her in June last year, died in a Unnao hospital on Monday. The woman comes from Makhi police station area of the district.

While six police personnel of Makhi police station were suspended and a magisterial probe was ordered into the death of woman’s father, CM Yogi Adityanath called the incident unfortunate and assured strict action against ‘whosoever’ would be found guilty after the ongoing high level probe into the case. “ADG Lucknow zone has been entrusted with the responsibility of getting a thorough and impartial probe conducted into the incident. Those at fault, whosoever they might be, will not be spared," said the CM.

However, the man (name not revealed to hide identity of daughter) died a day after his daughter, 18, tried to immolate self at UP CM’s residence in Lucknow on Sunday. She was demanding arrest of the BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother Atul Singh for raping her in June 2017. She also sought action against the police for dropping out the name of MLA’s brother from the FIR lodged in connection with a fight between the two families on April 3, 2018.

On April 3, 2018, there was a brawl between the two warring sides and Atul Singh Sengar, (Kuldeep’s brother) who had allegedly beaten up her father and brother mercilessly forcing them to withdraw the rape complaint. 

The family had approached Makhi police station same day to lodge an FIR against Atul and other goons. While Atul’s name was omitted from the FIR, others were booked by policemen deployed at Makhi police station on April 4. However, father of the girl was also booked under IPC sections 323, 504 and 506 and Arms Act was pressed against him after registering a cross case on the same day.
Woman’s injured father was under arrest since April 5. On Sunday night, the man reportedly became unconscious in the jail and was admitted to the district hospital at around 9 pm. The doctor on duty was informed that the man had a severe stomach ache and he was vomiting. He succumbed on Monday morning. 

However, demanding an FIR against the doctor concerned, the woman alleged that her father was killed deliberately at the behest of the MLA.

Meanwhile, CM Yogi Adityanath had summoned the MLA who refuted all the charges levelled against him and his brother. “I request the government to conduct thorough probe and if found guilty I am ready to face any punishment,” said MLA Kuldeep Sengar.

Addressing media persons, home secretary Bhagwan Swarup Srivastava and DIG (law and order) Praveen Kumar said that all the charges levelled by the woman would be probed now. “In connection with rape FIR the girl had filed last year in June, I want to clarify that in her subsequent statement before magistrate under CrPC Section 164, she had not named the MLA. Hence no charges were framed against MLA while remaining three youths were booked and sent to jail for abducting and sexually assaulting the girl,” said Kumar.

Swarup added that the charges against MLA would be re-examined by Lucknow police team constituted to probe the matter as the family did not want probes by Unnao police. 

On the other, SP Unnao, Pushpanjali Devi suspended six cops, including SHO Ashok Kumar Singh, SI Kamta Prasad Singh, head constable Raja Ram Shukla and three beat constables --  Lakshya Shukla, Ashok Sen and Mohit Kumar-- of Makhi police station on Monday. She said the suspension had come due to ‘sheer negligence’ of police personnel in handling the April 3 brawl complaints. However, all the four persons named in incident were rounded up on Monday evening. 

Multiple probes ordered 

The state government on Monday constituted different teams to get the matter probed. 

1.While judicial inquiry under section 176 of CrPC has been ordered to probe the exact circumstances in which the man died in jail
2. Lucknow police have been asked to probe the allegations mentioned in the cross FIRs registered at Makhi police station on April 4. 
3. Lucknow police have also been entrusted to find out whether clean chit given to MLA in gang rape case was done under influence or not and whether the girl was minor at the time of incident (June last year). 
4. Under fourth probe, DIG prisons Love Kumar will ascertain role of jail staff and jail doctors. An informed source said that DM, Unnao, NG Ravi Kumar was directed by UP government to be physically present at the spot during post-mortem examination.

Timeline 

  • Woman attempts self-immolation in front of UP CM house on April 8, 2018 accuses BJP’s Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother Atul Singh of raping her in June 2017.

  • The woman’s father arrested on April 5, 2018  for allegedly abusing and threatening some people with a gun and the victims were helped by the BJP MLA.

  • Woman’s father denies charges and claims Kuldeep Sengar’s brother Atul Singh and his supporters assaulted him on April 3, 2018 pressuring him to withdraw rape complaint.

  • Woman’s family also accuses police of omitting MLA’s name from rape complaint, while Atul Singh’s name was taken off April 3 assault complaint.

  • Woman’s mother lodged a complaint of missing  in June, 2017 follwing which police  recover woman 

  • Woman lodges a complaint of rape in June, 2017 but during her magisterial statement under CrPC section 164 doesn’t name BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.

  • Woman moves ACJM court under CrPC Section 156/3 in February, 2018 seeking a directive for district police to lodge her rape FIR, names Sengar and his kin. Next hearing on April 12, 2018.

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